Spring Cleaning My Social Media World

| March 6, 2012 | Comments (2)

Now that we’re in meteorological spring, I’m starting a new spring cleaning project.  I’m going through my social media accounts to clean-up each one.  You know what I realized?  Just because I can keep in touch with you on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean I want to.

I started with Facebook.  I “unfriended” many people whose updates just rubbed me the wrong way or took up too much of my time.  One woman I unfriended was a college sorority sister.  The break came when she posted a status update that said something like, “Please remind Aunt Becky that I now go by Susan.  I don’t answer anyone who calls me Suzie.”  My first thought was “WOW!”  We’re about the same age, so I’m guessing our aunts are about the same age.  I’m just happy my older relatives are around to talk to me at all.  It never occurred to me that I should correct them when they call me by my childhood nickname.  It’s not like Suzie is terribly embarrassing.  Still, it was the “I don’t answer” part of the comment that pushed me to unfriend her. (Names changed to protect the guilty, of course.)

I also unfriended anyone who sent multiple updates every day that were images reposted from another site.  Whether it was the cute cats or the religious messages, I don’t have time to scroll through ten or twelve of these a day from each person to find the real status updates.

Recently I declined invitations to join Google+, Pintrest and Plaxo.  I have lots of friends who adore these sites, but all my friends and family are on other sites.  It was hard enough to get everyone on the same site in the first place.  I’m not going to be the one to suggest we all migrate somewhere.

The great thing about social media is it does help us keep in touch in ways that would have been more time-consuming earlier.  Last weekend my cousin’s husband posted a status update letting us know she was in the hospital.  Without such immediate access via his mobile device, we wouldn’t have known until he had time to call everyone.  Social media does offer significant advantages at times.

The problem is you have to manage your social media life.  Spring cleaning helped me restore some balance and maintain my social media sanity.  If I miss a particularly cute cat image, I’ll be okay.  We’re a dog family anyway.


Shari writes about balancing life with twins at Two Times the Fun.  Image courtesy of Stock Exchange.

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  1. Every time I go to unfriend someone, I feel guilty….why is that??? I need to take your lead and just do it!

  2. Shari says:

    I had a few guilty pangs, but once you start narrowing down your lists just to people/topics that really interest you it’s so liberating. You can focus on what is truly of interest and ignore the rest.

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